Welcome to ERA SOUNDS, our magical station where we bust out hip vibes and cool sounds thanks to our in-tune and on-beat musical friends. Each month we'll upload a different mix to our page. Accompanying these awesome mixes is a short dialogue written by our guest DJ and some cool images to go alongside. Turn on, tune in, and hang out!
ERA Sounds 9 - Mixed by Sungodz California
ERA Sounds proudly presents this awesome mix ‘88Again’ by Sasha from surfwear brand @sungodzcalifornia. Here’s Sasha with a nostalgic look back at his teenage years surfing in Huntington Beach, California.
“Back in 1988 I was a Sophomore at Fountain Valley High School. Fountain Valley was a small town of tract homes, with neighbourhoods divided by long boulevards lined with palm trees and cinder block walls, on the inland side of the larger town of Huntington Beach. Our town's slogan on the sign in front of city hall read "Fountain Valley, A Nice Place to Live". And indeed, it was. But from Fountain Valley it was precisely 4.8 miles down Brookhurst St. to reach the Beach and the peaky hollow waves that broke in front of the Santa Ana River Jetties. For me and my two best buddies, we felt this distance put us at a distinct disadvantage in terms of Surfing- we had to slug it out on long bus rides, tough it out on bikes making our way down the river trail or stand in wet wetsuits after surfing whilst waiting in parking lots for our mom or dad to come pick us up on cold late afternoons. Eventually 1988 arrived and we turned 16 and one by one we got our drivers’ license- at last, we could take the 15-minute speed-race drive down Brookhurst St. to get to River Jetties and into the water as fast as we could.
“From the moment we walked out of our 5th period class, we were rushing down Brookhurst St. to get in the water. Or in the reverse, we would be in the water at River Jetties before first light, not really knowing what the waves were like till the sun began to light up the sky over Saddleback Mountain. We would Surf like crazed tribal children till the last possible moment then run back to my old hand-me-down Peugeot Sedan. We changed as fast as we could, throwing on our Quiksilver and Taco Surf tees or Baja ponchos- perhaps still wearing a pair of board shorts or jeans tucked into a worn-in pair of tall Ugg boots (Uggs at that time were only something that surfer guys wore after surfing, chicks hadn't caught onto them yet). We’d rush back up Brookhurts St. and get to school just in time for the start of class- stumbling in, hair still wet and adrenaline buzzing through us like someone who had just seen God… not going to lie, we felt pretty cool. And I guess we were, at least in our own little world.
“Being 4.8 miles from the beach made us work twice as hard to surf every bit as good as the kids who lived right at the beach and had it at their fingertips. For us, that 4.8 miles felt as if we might as well have been in Nebraska! So, we made sure we surfed our asses off 7 days a week, at least once a day if not twice or even three or four times in a day if it was summer time. Hell, we might even squeeze in a night session under the lights of the Huntington Beach Pier if we didn't have anything else to do. It was the 80's and the feeling was one of positivity, high-energy and the go-fast Surfing that had come in with the Thruster some years prior. Wetsuits were bright and colourful. The better you surfed the more stand-out your wetsuit colours were, like bright red with white, pink, lime green or bright orange. Nobody wore all-black wetsuits back then except maybe grumpy old dudes up in Ventura or down in La Jolla.
“When we weren't surfing, we would often be at one another’s house chilling in the living room, watching worn-out VHS cassettes of some bootleg copy of one of the current surf movies- Blazing Boards, Beyond Blazing Boards, Madwax, Billabong Surf Into Summer 87, The Performers and Runman to name a few. We would study the movies and the surfing over and over and over again. Every hand gesture, every bottom turn, every snap of the head or pivot of the feet was memorised- until it became second nature and could be recreated to the best of our abilities in the water for ourselves. The music that was in these classic 80's surf films was deeply ingrained in our heads and into our entire being and attitude. These films dictated our musical tastes and attitudes entirely! It was melded with the surfing and surfers we idolised like Tom Curren, Mark Occhilupo and Cheyne Horan. Just like their surfing, it felt fast, dangerous, acutely modern, futuristic and free. And this music became the soundtrack of our lives. And this is what I’ve put together in this little playlist. I’m giving you a small taste of what it felt like being 16 or so, driving down Brookhurst St. as fast as we possibly could, listening to worn-out cassettes of TSOL, INXS, Agent Orange and the Untouchables- amping out of our minds to get in the water again and nail a turn that had been playing over and over in our minds. Sungodz welcomes you to 88Again. Enjoy.”
Read more about the Sungodz brand in our Pool Side blog.
- Don’t Change - INXS
- Yellow Pills – 20/20
- I like – Men Without Hats
- It’s a mistake – Men at Work
- Tearing me Apart – Agent Orange
- Sub-Mission – Sex Pistols
- Scared for Life – Rose Tattoo
- Sixteen - TSOL
- Say it isn’t True – Agent Orange
- Public Image – PIL
- Wild Child- The Untouchables
- Initiation – Gangajang
- Kamikaze Pilot – Hoodoo Gurus
- Its too Late - TSOL
- Burning Down The House- Talking Heads
- Homicide – 999
- Not Your Stepping Stone (Live) – The Untouchables
- Down By The Sea- Men At Work
ERA Sounds 8 - Mixed by Vinnie Nylon & Gaye Scrivener
2020 marks Vinnie Nylon's 35th year in British street art, graffiti and the related art gallery scene that has grown up around it to become a global movement. His largely character based works employ a strong use of colour and dynamic forms blended into a unique and instantly recognisable style that has proven to be a hit with collectors internationally.
"This selection of tracks is a journey that takes in the ‘No Wave’ scene of late ‘70s New York (Pylon and UT) and a host of other global representatives from Acid Arab to Red Zebra (Belguim), Cabaret Voltaire (Sheffield) to Nagamatzu (Ipswich). Also included are Throbbing Gristle and its offshoot incarnation X-TG, as well as ex-band member Chris Carter of Chris and Cosey and Carter Tutti, (Modularity); other tracks were discovered via obscure European graffiti videos on Youtube.
- APB - I’d Like To Shoot You Down
- XTG - with Marc Almond-The Falconer (Nico cover)
- Chris Carter - Modularity
- UT - Sham Shack
- Pylon - Danger
- Todd Terje - Ragysh
- Etienne Jaume - Metallic Cages (Acid Arab Remix)
- Saada Bonaire - Invitation
- Bagarre - No Toys
- Deux - ParisOrly
- Cabaret Voltaire - Silent Command
- Throbbing Gristle - Distant Dreams Part Two - 1980
- Tony M2 - Wah Wah Land
- Zero Call - Stellar Wind (Adrian Marth Remix)
- Nagamatzu - Corabella
- Red Zebra - I Can’t Live in a Living Room
- Telex - Voice (1984)
- Section 25 - Looking from a Hilltop
- Anne Clark - Our Darkness
ERA Sounds 7 - Mixed by Joe Horner
We're delighted to introduce our good friend Joe Horner @bigfriendlyjoe and his debut mix for ERA Sounds. Joe has a wealth of knowledge of music, fashion, art and film and is currently studying Filmmaking at the University of the West of England. Totally digging the vibe, described by Joe as feeling like, "An old oak tree with lots of branches... who knows, it's a bit folky, a bit electronic. I hope you enjoy!"
- The Kinks - Morning Song
- The Kinks - Daylight
- American Spring - Sweet Mountain
- Paul Giovanni - Gently Johnny
- Pentangle - When I get Home
- Brigid Mae Power - The Two Worlds
- Cavern of Anti-Matter - Inside Luckmoore
- Connan Mockasin - Les Be Honest
- Au Revoir Simone - Lark
- Mort Garson - Ode to an African Violet
- Boards of Canada - Olson
- Eddie C - An Der Wedding
- Graeme Miller, Steve Hill - Woodland Band
- Graeme Miller, Steve Hill - Most Unusual
- Roger Miller - Oo De Lally
- Broadcast - Until Then
- Trader Horne - Morning Way
ERA Sounds 6 - Mixed by Marcus from Hex Record Shop
Here's High and Lonesome - a crackly hour of dusty, downer folk and stoned country rock. Marcus runs local independent Hex Record Shop and is the booker at The Smokehouse music venue and Sound City Ipswich.
- Truck Stop Girl - The Byrds
- Five Year Kansas Blues - FJ McMahon
- Monday Virus - Bob Brown
- Hammond Song - The Roches
- Cassidy - Bob Weir
- Blue Crystal Fire - Robbie Basho
- On The Beach - Neil Young
- Naked, If Want To - Moby Grape
- Sandy Toes - Linda Perhacs
- I'll Find A Way (To Carry It All) - Ted Lucas
- Out On The Side - Dillard & Clark
- Carmelita - Linda Ronstadt
- 20 Million Things - Lowell George
- Faces in the Crowd - Vernon Wray
- The Wheel - Jerry Garcia
- Take Good Care of Yourself - Chris Darrow
- Ohm Sweet Ohm - Charley D & Milo
- Witchi-Ta-To - Brewer & Shipley
ERA Sounds 5 - Mixed by Jon Cooke
Next up is Jon Cooke who delves into Pandora’s Box and pulls out some psychedelic treats for us to tune into. Get on the bus, take a trip and enjoy the ride. FAR OUT!
ERA Sounds 4 - Mixed by David Freeland
Having a party again this Saturday night? Then we have a great mix for you-no 2 from the awesome DJ David Freeland.
Fancy some evening acid house bubblers that turn into wonky-dancefloor disco?
Here you are then.
ERA Sounds 3 - Mixed by David Freeland
Well it’s been a while but we’re back with an awesome mix by the brilliant DJ David Freeland who’s a regular face in the Suffolk music scene. The first of two mixes, this little beauty is deliciously chilled for an easy, stay-at-home Sunday.
Image copyright: John Ferguson
“I have a real DIY approach to DJing and putting on events. I musically take over pubs, bars and restaurants for the day or night. It takes a lot of effort but I would definitely advise young DJs looking to get started to have a go at this and then build your own scene as you go.
“Musically, I play stuff that suits the situation- always with the audience in mind. I only play records (no files) so have a limited amount of songs with me for a gig, which requires a bit of planning and a strong back! I also only take bookings from people who have heard me play before so they hopefully know what they’re getting, haha! It’s not the easiest way to work but I’m too old to change.” David Freeland https://www.instagram.com/djdavidfreeland/
ERA Sounds 2 - Mixed by Larkebird
We dig an eclectic mix at ERA Sounds so it’s with great pleasure that we dance our way from bona fide 60s surf instrumentals to a bountiful selection of Afro, Funk, Balearic and Disco tunes.
This latest mix is brought to you by DJ & producer, Larkebird aka Tim Larke. Tim first started collecting records during the birth of the 80s acid house scene and by the mid-90s he was DJing in top London clubs including The Ministry of Sound, Bagley’s and Turnmills (R.I.P) and also earned club residencies as a Latin percussionist.
Larkebird incorporates many different styles into his mixes including Latin, Afrobeat, Jazz and 70’s disco.
Catch Larkebird at his latest Chickie Wahwah - Lemon Soul club night, taking inspiration from the legendary Mancuso loft parties with a music policy playing anything in the spectrum from Soul to Jazz via Disco & Boogie.
ERA Sounds 1 - Mixed by G the P
We're loving G the P's latest project where he posts original 45 records resplendent in their original paper 'company' sleeves on a dedicated Instagram feed @company45sleeves. So we asked the man himself (aka London-based burger aficionado, record geek, and all-round Good Egg Gavin Lucas) if he’d record a little mix for us of his favourite surf instrumental records from the early 60s.
Happily, he obliged and here it is – the very first ERA Sounds mix, made especially for us, is ready for your ears!
"Influenced by instrumental tracks by Link Wray and Duane Eddy, surf rock emerged in the late 1950s as a distinct genre when bands on the West Coast of the US started using Fender Jaguars and effects pedals to play reverb-laden, percussive rock with a “wet” sound. Between 1959 and 1965, the genre produced regional, national, and even international hit records with Dick Dale and the Del-Tones becoming probably the best-known surf act of all time – thanks largely to the inclusion of Miserlou on Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction movie soundtrack in 1994.
"For this playlist, I wanted to bring some bona fide surf anthems such as Pipeline by Chantay's and Bustin' Surfboards by The Tornadoes together with some lesser known instrumental records that no-doubt Dick Dale and his surfing buddies would have dug back in the day. These include a 1959 Mac Rebennack (later to be known as Dr John) record, an obscure but wonderfully frenetic instrumental recorded in Florida in 1959 by The Original Starfires (I've included the sleazy sax drenched flip of that single too), and a recently unearthed, unreleased recording by Link Wray that practically redefines the surf sound. Named Son of Rumble, this follow up to Wray's iconic 1958 track Rumble is set to be released by The Black Key's Dan Auerbach via his Easy Eye Sound label next month. Heads up, surf’s up!" G the P / Gavin Lucas